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Summary

The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. Trisha McFarland discovered this when she was nine years old. Trying not to be terrified. Trying not to think that sometimes when people got lost in the woods they got seriously hurt. Sometimes they died. And all because she needed to pee.

This is the story of a girl who gets lost on an outing in the Northeast woods. In her panic to get back on the track, she takes turnings which lead her deeper and deeper into the terrifying woods. With only a small amount of food and water in her knapsack, she begins to give up hope of ever getting out. Alive. The only thing that keeps her going is her Walkman on which she listens avidly to Red Sox baseball games, creating an imaginary friendship with her hero Tom Gordon. And as she struggles for survival and a way out, she realises she's not alone. There's something else in the woods, and it's watching her.

©1999 Stephen King (P)1999 1999 Simon & Schuster

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Great story about a girl lost in the woods.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved the story. I loved Trisha, I loved her spirit and her determination. I would have curled up into a ball and cried instead of half the stuff that girl did at her age. I never watched a baseball game in my life so some references flew straight past my head but I still managed to figure out what was going on.

I did however dislike the music inbetween chapters, I've never had thos in an audiobook before and it threw me off everytime.

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Great Listen

A gripping story very well presented and narrated.

As an outisider to both Maine and the game of Baseball, the novel gave me a vivid and compelling insight into the essential nature of both. Highly recommended.

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Do you think you could survive?

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the most enjoyable?

The story is well written and nicely paced. The performance by Anne Heche is excellent and has a steady, pleasant flow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Similar to Gerald's Game, Trisha is alone and her imagination runs riot meaning there's probably little choice than to make her my favourite character. She shows great resolve and you fear for both her sanity and safety as time rolls on and she is still so far from civilisation and her family.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where she confronts the bear.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No specific moment but reading about her loneliness and realising her fragility and the danger she is in as a 9 year old lost in the woods certainly pulls on the heart strings.

Any additional comments?

Another good story from Stephen King. Well worth a listen.

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Underrated

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This is a slightly different kind of Stephen King experience for me but, definitely still a good one. The atmosphere of being lost in the woods was well done simultaneously feeling vast yet claustrophobic. Some of the things Trisha did seemed slightly more mature than what I'd imagine the average nine year old would be capable of doing in this situation but King also didn't let us forget that she was just a scared and lonely child who was lost in the woods. I think my favourite thing about this was the fact that you were never quite sure if there were supernatural elements to it or if Trisha's mind was playing tricks on her and the narration was top notch too. Definitely an underrated King novel.

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Brilliant!

I have the book but all way could find the time but having the audio book is amazing. A really intense read good ending

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Good just not enough jeopardy

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the most enjoyable?

The performance was good. I like Trisha she was a very brave person, and I felt bad for the situation she was in. I just felt it lacked the sense of jeopardy books like Gerald's Game and Mysery had.

Would you recommend The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to my niece, but it's not Kings best book.

Have you listened to any of Anne Heche’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but she was good. I also like the echoe sound effects. She brought Trisha alive.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The world has teeth, and sometimes it bites.

Any additional comments?

Good listen but not essential.

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fantastic

a brilliant story that keeps you hooked from the start you really care for the protagonist and the ending you'll she'd a tear and if there was a book of Stephen king's that should be made into a film this is one

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Pitched And Paced Perfectly

A striking read from an opening that never faltered from it's delivery too the close

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Excellent

Great narrator, easy to follow and one of King's better books. Well worth the listen, I recommend.

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Tom Gordon

I first read this about 25 year’s ago and didn’t think it was that good however I’m reading or listening to SK works in chronological order and thought I’d give it a go on audible and I don’t know if it was that or me being more mature or a combination but I really enjoyed the story and the narration was also very good.I’m not a sports fan but there wasn’t too much emphasis on baseball more the story of the girl lost in the woods and the creature who stalked her, I would listen to it again in another few years

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  • 03-07-19

My favorite story from the King.

Everytime I listen to it I find some new key take out to inspire me.